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O’Death: January 15, 2011 Bell House – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

January 19, 2011
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[photo courtesy of Marcus Lauer]

O’Death is back. In March, they will embark on a month-long cross-country tour. After two years of dormancy during which drummer David Rogers-Berry fought cancer, the band is ready to return. O’Death has recorded an entire new album, which will be released in the coming months. For a warmup, O’Death appeared Saturday night at Bell House. The band also discovered that their fan base is still very much intact and as ready as they are for the return. About half of the packed venue joined on the floor for an impromptu dance/mosh pit, as the band worked through an hour long set of their best material. The set also featured three of the new songs played for the first time live. O’Death will return to Brooklyn for a gig on April 15 at a venue to be determined.

We recorded this set with the Neumanns from the elevated area next to the soundboard. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

Stream “Allie Mae Reynolds”:

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This Recording is now available for Download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

O’Death
2011-01-15
Bell House
Brooklyn, NY USA

Digital Master Audience Recording
Raised Platform at Front of Board

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Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2011-01-17

Setlist:
[Total Time 59:22]
01 Home
02 Only Daughter
03 Adelita
04 Black Dress [new song]
05 On An Aching Sea
06 Underwater Nightmare
07 [banter]
08 Bugs [new song]
09 Fire On Peshtigo
10 [banter2]
11 Mountain Shifts
12 Legs To Sin
13 Alamar [new song]
14 Lowtide
15 [banter3]
16 Down To Rest
17 [encore break]
18 Spider Home
19 Allie Mae Reynolds

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Dean Wareham: January 13, 2011 Maxwell’s – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

January 16, 2011
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Wareham maxwells
[photo by søvn]

Dean Wareham has been back playing Galaxie 500 material since late last year — the first show was a stealth event at Rock Shop in August. Sadly, we missed that intimate show, but based on the excellent reviews, vowed to make it to the next leg of the tour. We didn’t attend Music Hall in December but chose instead the intimate and excellent Maxwell’s to experience the Galaxie 500 show. We were rewarded with an outstanding set. Dean’s guitar work has always been superb, but on this night it seemed that every song took on that extra edge in the crescendos. The setlist was similar to the other shows that have been played on this tour — i.e. all the classics were played. We’re streaming “Tugboat” and “Fourth of July” below since both were particularly strong versions. Dean and Britta will continue this excellent tour in Europe throughout February [tour dates].

We recorded this set with the DPA microphones placed at the usual front right corner of the soundboard booth and mixed it with an excellent soundboard feed. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

Stream “Tugboat”:

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Stream “Fourth of July”:

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Direct download of complete show in MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Dean Wareham
2011-01-13
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Recording
Four Channel Soundboard + Audience Matrix

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Recorded and Produced by
nyctaper and acidjack
2011-01-15

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:23:19]
01 Flowers
02 Oblivious
03 Pictures
04 When Will You Come Home
05 Snowstorm
06 Temperature Rising
07 Decomposing Trees
08 Strange
09 Summertime
10 Blue Thunder
11 [banter]
12 Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste
13 Tugboat
14 [banter2]
15 Listen The Snow Is Falling [Yoko Ono]
16 Ceremony [New Order]
17 [encore break]
18 Night Nurse
19 Fourth Of July

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Tom Tom Club: January 12, 2011 Irving Plaza – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

January 14, 2011
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[photo from Chris Frantz’s Facebook page]

Its been thirty years since the release of the Tom Tom Club’s first album, but at Irving Plaza last night the years were wiped away by both the crowd and the band. Tom Tom Club performed a tight 80-minute set of their timeless songs and the well-aged crowd danced in a frenzy throughout the evening. From the first beats of “Suboceana” until the final frenzied jam at the conclusion of “Psycho Killer”, Chris’s machine-like drumming and Tina’s unmistakeable bass were prominent in the mix and propelled the band and the fans. The setlist drew liberally from among the band’s entire catalog with highlights too many to list. We’ve streamed “Wordy Rappinghood” below as it was the set closer and was an extended version, and “The Man With The 4-Way Hips”, which was also extended and completely smoked. As a celebration of their 30th anniversary Tom Tom Club will be touring throughout the year and will indeed record some new material. Look for them on the “festival circuit” this summer.

I recorded this set with the four microphone rig from the middle of the floor at Irving Plaza, with the microphones raised to about 12 feet. The sound quality in the venue was superbly rich and clear, and the quality of this recording is as a result quite outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Wordy Rappinghood”:

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Tom Tom Club
2011-01-12
Irving Plaza
New York, NY USA

Digital Audience Master Recording
Recorded from Center of the Floor

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Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2011-01-14

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:18:47]
01 Suboceana
02 She’s Dangerous
03 Punk Lolita
04 [banter]
05 L’Elephant
06 Who Feelin’ It
07 Under The Boardwalk
08 [banter2]
09 The Man With The 4-Way Hips
10 Time To Bounce
11 [band introductions]
12 Genius Of Love
13 You Sexy Thing
14 Wordy Rappinghood
15 [encore break]
16 Take Me To The River
17 Psycho Killer

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The War On Drugs: January 8, 2011 Bowery Ballroom – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

January 14, 2011
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[photos for nyctaper by David Andrako]

We’ve seen The War On Drugs twice recently and each time they were mighty impressive. In August at Knitting Factory, their set was far superior to the headlining Black Mountain, as their aggressive performance showed more psych-rock muscle than their contemporaries. On Saturday night at Bowery opening for Sharon Van Etten, the mood and setting required a more refined approach. Whether intentional or due to the excellent clarity of the room mix at Bowery, The War On Drugs delivered a stunning forty minute set that was less Zep-influenced and more Dylan and The Band-sounding. The opening song “Arms Like Boulders” (streaming below) set the tone with a jangly lyric-laden Blonde On Blonde-ish melodic romp that would sustain for the entire set. The band is currently working on a full length album due for release later this year and several of those songs were featured, along with tracks from the 2010 Future Weather EP, and their debut album Wagonwheel Blues on Secretly Canadian Records. The War On Drugs will perform again in NYC on April 3 at Webster Hall (opening for Destroyer).

We recorded this set with the same rig and location at the SVE set, and the sound quality is outstanding. Enjoy!

Stream “Arms Like Boulders”:

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This Recording is now available for Download in FLAC and MP3 at Archive.org [HERE].

War On Drugs
2011-01-08
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded Balcony Railing

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Recorded and Produced by nyctaper
2011-01-13

Setlist:
[Total Time 43:34]
01 [introduction]
02 Arms like Boulders
03 Baby Missiles
04 Comin Through
05 I Was There
06 Brothers
07 Buenos Aires Beach
08 [banter]
09 Black Water Falls
10 Taking The Farm

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Yellow Ostrich: January 4, 2011 Mercury Lounge – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Songs

January 6, 2011
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[Photos by the always excellent David Andrako]

This is my first recording of 2011, and I am pleased to say that Yellow Ostrich is officially my first great find for the year. I first heard of the band when they appeared on the bill for our friends at FREEWilliamsburg‘s CMJ show, and although I missed that show, Yellow Ostrich was highest on the list of bands I needed to see. After a somewhat uneven slate of opening acts, vocalist/guitarist Alex Schaaf and drummer Michael Tapper took the stage to a packed Mercury Lounge. Schaaf is a gifted vocalist with a sweet and somewhat nasal voice; in his delivery I hear a bit of a young Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel. The set opener, “Whale” was a whimsical and instantly catchy treat that started things off strong (if you hear a slight discontinuity in the track, it is because we removed a few seconds of computer glitch). But other than “Whale,” I actually preferred some of the band’s slightly less poppy, more angular numbers – the older song “Fog”, in particular, and the set’s closer, “Mary.” Most of the set focused on the band’s latest record, The Mistress, which is available, along with all of the band’s catalog, on their bandcamp page on a “pay what you will” basis, and can be pre-ordered on vinyl from Afternoon Records here. We expect more great things from this young band in 2011, and their year has already had a fantastic beginning, with them landing the coveted Pianos Thursday night residency for February.

Catch Yellow Ostrich at Shea Stadium on January 15, or February 3, 10, 17 or 24 at Pianos.

I recorded this set with an excellent soundboard feed from the Mercury Lounge engineers and the Schoeps microphones. The sound is outstanding. Thanks to Kevin for his consistently strong work behind the board.

Stream “Fog”:

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Stream “WHALE” (yes, it has a little glitch, but this song is so damn good):

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Direct download of MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Yellow Ostrich
2011-01-04
Mercury Lounge
New York, NY USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack exclusively for nyctaper.com

Equipment: Soundboard + Schoeps CMC6/mk41>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: ROC, at soundboard, mics pointed at stacks at 8.5′
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 32:31]
01 Whale
02 banter
03 Hold On
04 banter
05 Daughter
06 Fog
07 banter
08 Hate Me Soon
09 banter
10 Campaign
11 banter
12 Mary

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Our Top 25 Concert Moments of 2010 (with MP3 Download and Streaming Songs)

December 31, 2010
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We were treated to a lot of amazing music this year, and the site has continued to grow. This year, we reached our 600th recording posted since 2007 – a pretty incredible number considering that this is only the fourth year of the site.  As a final New Year’s treat to our readers, we thought we would share a “mixtape” with you of some of our favorite concert moments of 2010.

Out of the two hundred-plus shows that we saw, we selected 25 moments that we thought were particularly memorable (among the shows we recorded, at least). There is a wide range of music, styles and artists represented: folk, rock, Scandinavian pop, punk and much more. There are new bands who are just breaking into the mainstream, as well as mainstream acts continuing to perform at a high level. The only consistent theme is that these artists all touched us in some way, giving performances that stayed with us long after the last notes were played.

The following list is in no particular order. Links to download the entire compilation, as well as selected numbers streaming, are below.

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Download the entire mixtape [HERE]

1. Built to Spill – “Carry The Zero” – September 20, 2010 Rocks Off Concert Cruise. This show was nuts – on a boat, with a tiny main floor, with a crowd that was loud, drunken and rowdy, and a veteran band doing what they do best. We saw Built to Spill a ton of times over the past two years, but this show was the clear standout.

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2. Oh Land – “Lean On Me” – November 8, 2010 Brooklyn Bowl. We first saw this young Danish artist play Brooklyn Bowl back in July. Although she was still getting comfortable with her new material, her talent and unique stage presence were already on display. After seeing her again at the Backyard Brunch Sessions, we caught her again a month later at Brooklyn Bowl. Her evolution blew us away – displaying newfound poise and confidence, designer clothing and a new percussionist, Nanna dominated the stage. Though many of her songs lend themselves to dancing, I have always been partial to this more precious number. She may now be the face of Missoni, but Oh Land is far, far more than a pretty face.

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3. John Vanderslice – “The Parade” – October 21, 2010 Mercury Lounge. On the night after our Unofficial CMJ Day Party at Cake Shop, we caught one of our favorite acts, the inimitable songwriter John Vanderslice at Mercury Lounge. John has always been a supporter and friend of the site, but we were especially gratified by his heartfelt intro to this song when he thanked nyctaper from the stage.

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4. The Dirty Projectors – “As I Went Out One Morning [Bob Dylan]” – September 11, 2010 Terminal 5. After this band blew us away at the tail end of 2009, we were thrilled that Johnny Fried Chicken Boy was able to catch their show at the massive Terminal 5. This Dylan cover was among many special songs played during another show that wowed us with its musical skill.

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5. Pavement – “Fight this Generation” – September 19, 2010 Williamsburg Waterfront. Pavement‘s return was probably my personal musical highlight of the year – nobody ever thought it would happen, and when it did, they were exactly as nonchalant about the whole thing as you would expect. Everything went right at their first NYC show in ten years, and the irony of Pavement – an iconic band for Generation X – playing “Fight This Generation” on the Williamsburg waterfront to an entirely new generation of fans was perfect. This loose, jammy rendition killed, too.

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6. Superchunk – “Digging For Something” – September 19, 2010 Music Hall of Williamsburg. While I was checking out Pavement, nyctaper was down the street taking in an equally amazing performance from another 90s indie darling, Superchunk. Supporting their first new album in almost a decade, Superchunk gave us even more than we could have imagined when special guest John Darnielle joined them for this number.

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7. John Roderick w/ Nada Surf – “The Commander Thinks Aloud” – March 26, 2010 Bell House. Nada Surf‘s multi-night series of full album performances had many memorable moments, but my favorite of all came from John Roderick of The Long Winters, the opening act at the Bell House/The Weight Is A Gift show. With Nada Surf as his backing band, Roderick capped off his acoustic set by tearing through a fully electric version of this big number that showcases Roderick’s unique voice. You can stream and download this song, and the entire show, on the Live Music Archive [HERE].

8. Natureboy – “I’ll Keep It With Mine” – May 15, 2010 Piano’s. This show was a special day for us, as we celebrated the third anniversary of the site with some of our favorite bands. Natureboy drew a strong crowd as our first act of that evening, and they made our night by performing, our request, their cover of this Dylan-via-Nico classic.

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9. Fucked Up – “Son the Father” – February 18, 2010 Maxwell’s. I had the pleasure of seeing Fucked Up three times this year, and each show was awe-inspiring. Damian “Pink Eyes” Abraham is a punk rock showman without parallel: on the mic, he is extremely hardcore; in between songs, he chats up the crowd like each person is his best bud. “Son the Father” is one of the band’s best songs, and it was at about this point during the Maxwell’s show that (as has to be the case at every Fucked Up show) all hell broke loose.

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10. The Black Keys – “Same Old Thing” – July 28, 2010 Terminal 5. There was a huge response to our post of The Black Keys‘ show at Terminal 5, and for good reason – it is an excellent recording of a band that is rapidly ingratiating itself with the mainstream. This song is a four-piece version of this song, with Leon Michaels on keyboards and Nick Movshon on bass.

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11. Panda Bear – “Song For Ariel (Guys Eyes)” – September 11, 2010 Governor’s Island. On the same day as the epic Dirty Projectors show back in Manhattan, Panda Bear was giving a magical performance on Governor’s Island that blew our minds both for the incredible quality of the sound (which did not always receive such good reviews for other shows) and the clarity and focus of the performance. This guitar-heavy and reworked version of this song was one of many highlights of an amazing show that also featured some new songs.

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12. Soft Black – “I’m Not Afraid of You” – August 7, 2010 A Backyard in Bushwick. This whole show was a testament to the power of the local music community and the DIY spirit of the moment. Soft Black were supposed to be playing on a rooftop elsewhere in the ‘hood as part of a benefit show for the people of the Gaza Strip. That show was shut down by the cops three acts in, while it was still light outside. But instead of giving up and calling it a night, the fans and bands rallied to move the show to one of the musicians’ backyard. Soft Black dedicated this haunting song, with its defiant refrain, to a kid who got arrested when the police shut down the rooftop show. The song itself is quite dark, but the moment was joyful, and powerful, in a way that I will never forget.

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13. Real Estate – “Reservoir” – June 25, 2010 Music Hall of Williamsburg. Real Estate is another band that has wowed us both with their consistent playing as well as their respect for their fans. We had seen them open for labelmates Woods a number of times, but this time, they found themselves as the headliner of the Woodsist showcase at the Northside Festival. This showcase was one of the best experiences of the entire Northside Festival, but Real Estate’s set in particular stood out, as the more mature band showed off some new songs, including the excellent “Reservoir.” Download the entire set [HERE].

14. Maps & Atlases – “Solid Ground” – August 12, 2010 Mercury Lounge. I caught Maps & Atlases back in 2009 touring behind their previous record, the EP You, Me and the Mountain. I liked what I saw – the unusual combination of freak folk and math rock, vocalist Dave Davison’s vocals, the dual percussionists – but they didn’t seem quite there yet. For one, while I liked their sound, I wasn’t completely blown away by the songs. That all changed with the release of this year’s Perch Patchwork, which was one of my favorite records of the year, and a massive leap forward artistically. For this show, the band was greeted by a spirited crowd literally screaming for more, and in particular, this song (you can hear a drunk dude yelling “Solid Ground!” in between every other song on the set before they finally play it). When the band finally played the song, the payoff was huge, and the jam at the end clinches it. After an outstanding set, Maps broke down their gear and put some chairs and drums in the center of the floor and played an acoustic set for those willing to wait. The performance was not only the most improved of any band that I saw this year, but also one of the flat-out best. It didn’t hurt any that the recording came out flawlessly, too. Download the entire set [HERE].

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15. Holly Miranda – “I’d Rather Go Blind [Etta James]” – May 26, 2010 Bowery Ballroom. A Bowery Ballroom headlining gig has become a barometer of a band’s success these days – for a New York band on their way up, there is your time on the scene before Bowery, and your time after, and after, things are never the same. This show represented Holly Miranda’s Bowery breakout, and she treated the event with the reverence due it as she ripped off a lengthy set representing her latest record The Magician’s Private Library, and played two covers, including this jaw-dropping rendition of an Etta James classic.

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16. Wilco – “Thank You, Friends” – April 2, 2010 Wellmont Theatre. The challenging acoustics of this venue did not deter Wilco from delivering one of the most epic sets we have seen of theirs (well over three hours long). This Big Star cover played tribute to their singular frontman, singer and songwriter Alex Chilton, who sadly passed away this March. Alex and his many contributions to rock music will be dearly missed.

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17. Sharon Van Etten – “One Day” – October 8, 2010 Rock Shop. It is no secret that this site has been a huge booster for Sharon Van Etten, and we are thrilled to see her career taking off in a big way (you can hear one of her songs, “I Fold” in the closing sequence in a recent episode of the Showtime series The Big C). In the two shows she played at Rock Shop this year, Sharon’s maturity and outstanding songwriting made us fall in love with her music all over again.

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18. Woods – “Bend Beyond” – May 13, 2010 Abrons Arts Center. In a music scene that is strong but fragmented, Woods have emerged as bi-coastal scene godfathers of sorts, in the way that Sonic Youth have been for a generation. The Woodsist label, for which the band is the anchor, has produced a roster of like-minded acts from the East and West Coasts that share a common affinity for the psychedelic, folk-influenced sound the label is known for. While they have been building a formidable presence with the label, Woods themselves have evolved far beyond the “freak folk” tag into a full-blown indie rock jam band of sorts, turning four-minute album tracks into epics that showcase their virtuosity on their instruments. This show, featuring the band backed by the Joshua Light Show, was especially sprawling, and never moreso than on this nearly twenty minute “Bend Beyond.” This show proved that this was a very different band than the act I saw opening for Dungen in 2009 – that band was a great “freak folk” act, if you will. This band is legendary.

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19. Spoon – “Car Radio” – September 13, 2010 Cake Shop. After we caught their set opening for Arcade Fire at Madison Square Garden, we weren’t sure we would have another chance to record Spoon this year. But then along came this secret show at Cake Shop, a live video recording for “Nobody Gets Me But You,” that proved to be one of the most exciting and intimate performances we saw all year. These guys remember where they came from (Austin) and we trust that they will never stop being one of the most consistent, most fan-friendly acts in the country. Download the entire set [HERE].

20. The Loom – “The First Freeze” – October 10, 2010 Backyard Brunch Sessions. We enjoyed many of the Backyard Brunch Sessions sets we saw this summer and fall, but perhaps none more than this performance by our friends The Loom, who proved that great musicians do not need extra amplification or trickery to make powerful music. Set up in a humble backyard in Bushwick, rocking a homemade bass made out of a washtub, they wowed us with their modern, folk-influenced sound. This song was my favorite of all, not least of which because of the added humor of some rowdy neighbors making noise in the background (who cannot be heard on the recording) – making a bunch of noise right before this (the quietest song of the set) song began. Once it got going, it was the most mesmerizing vocal performance of the day.

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21. Yo La Tengo – “Little Eyes” – December 7, 2010 Maxwell’s. If you have read this site once in December, you know that Yo La Tengo’s 2010 Hanukkah shows have been our main focus this month. These eight nights of unique setlists, special guests, and fan camaraderie at one of our favorite venues in the city, Maxwell’s, are some of the best nights of the year every time that YLT decides to do them. This song, from the Summer Sun album, is an expanded version augmented by the guitar wizardry of the legendary Nels Cline, who joined the band for most of this night’s set. Although we loved the December 5 show featuring Mission of Burma, this show on the 7th turned out to be our favorite of them all – a perfect balance of the band’s harder and softer dynamics that showcased them at the height of their powers.

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22. Bear In Heaven – “Lovesick Teenager” – November 19, 2010 Music Hall of Williamsburg. Bear In Heaven was another band that stepped up in a big way in 2010. A year’s worth of touring took what had been a great album act but somewhat uneven live band and turned them into the juggernaut that we witnessed at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Whereas previous shows had always faced technical limitations (primarily with respect to sound), everything was perfectly dialed in for this show, with the Music Hall sound system delivering crystal clear sound and a light show that dazzled the sold-out crowd. Not but twelve months ago this band was playing the cozy Zebulon down the street. This show was obviously this band’s “Bowery moment.”

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23. The Joy Formidable – “Austere” – January 12, 2010 Pianos. Whereas a Bowery Ballroom show tends to cement a band’s status in the scene, Pianos is Manhattan’s best incubator. Shows there tend to capture the nervous energy of bands trying to make their break who know that this could be it. We are pleased to say that since this show, The Joy Formidable did make it in a big way (including their own Bowery moment), playing tons of NY-area shows (almost all of which we saw) and bringing their music to new fans each time. Their massively loud sound is probably better suited a bigger venue, but we loved this Pianos show best of them all (and our recording sounded great).

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24. The National – “Terrible Love” – December 8, 2010 Maxwell’s. Though it borders on heresy (and is not an opinion shared by all who work on this site), I was not an instant convert to The National‘s critically acclaimed High Violet. I didn’t hate the album, but after a three year break from recording, I was not sure what I should expect from the band. High Violet didn’t grab me in the way that earlier records like Alligator did, and it didn’t help that I first saw the songs live in the sonically deficient Terminal 5, where the sound was so poor that even The National’s sound engineer commiserated with us about the venue’s challenges. Luckily, I was given a second chance at this rare set opening in the (relatively) tiny Maxwell’s for Yo La Tengo on the final night of their Hanukkah shows. This time, in this intimate setting, the subtle beauty of the High Violet songs shone through, especially on the set’s closer, this fantastic rendition of “Terrible Love.”

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25. We Were Promised Jetpacks – “It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning” – February 15, 2010 Knitting Factory. I went to this show on a lark, having never heard this Scottish trio before. Apparently I had missed the memo, as the Knitting Factory was so packed I was literally crushed against the soundboard. In the best of ways, We Were Promised Jetpacks are what I like to call Scotland’s answer to U2 – their songs rely on anthemic riffs and vocalist Adam Thompson’s throaty choruses. The band worked this crowd into a froth, the energy seething through the room, as Thompson belted out song after song in a way that could have melted the ice outside. In a show full of them, this song was a particularly stirring anthem.

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Special thanks to all of the artists, management, labels, photographers and other music sites that have supported NYCTaper this year. And of course, a huge thank you to our readers, who we hope to continue to provide with high-quality, artist-sanctioned recordings, reviews and photos throughout 2011. Happy New Year!

Yo La Tengo: December 8, 2010 Maxwell’s – FLAC and MP3 Downloads (two sources!) plus Streaming Songs

December 30, 2010
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[Photos by Liz Clayton for Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah Diary]

Following a killer opening set by The National, Yo La Tengo opened the final performance of their eight-night run of Hanukkah shows at Maxwell’s with the somnolent “Night Falls On Hoboken”, but the pace picked up from there, with the Beatles cover “Eight Days A Week”. Still, compared to the Nels Cline-influenced night 7 and the super-noisy, ear-(and Ira’s head)-bleeding night 5, the band stayed on the mellower side for the bulk of the main set, including on a beautiful “Demons” and Georgia taking over vocal duties on the Norma Tanega cover, “Walking My Cat Named Dog”. Hamish Kilgour of The Clean joined for most of the main set, including on a cover Kilgour’s band’s “Whatever I Do It’s Right”, with Kilgour on vocals. That was followed by a noisy cover of The Mad Scene’s “Sweet Dreams” (a tribute to both Kilgour, who is also in that band, and Georgia, who a frequent part of their lineup). Appropriately, the main set ended with the core trio on two of their best-loved classics, “Blue Line Swinger”, and “Our Way To Fall”.

I had my doubts as to whether there was any way to create a coda to such an incredible eight nights that would make sense and do justice to all that came before it. But, it is foolish to doubt a veteran band in their element – Yo La Tengo did exactly what they needed to do, bringing it back home with frequent contributor Bruce Bennett on guitar for the Velvet Underground‘s “I Can’t Stand It Anymore,” followed by their guitar tech Gil Divine joining the band for Randy Newman’s “We Belong Together” and the grand finale, Mel Brooks’ “Love Power”.  To cap all of that off, Ira threw himself into the crowd and surfed the length of Maxwell’s as everyone howled with approval.  After eight nights of obscure, classic and famous special guests, outstanding comedy, and Yo La Tengo performances that would never be forgotten, there was nothing more to say, play or do.  Yo La Tengo relinquished the stage triumphant. And once again, night fell on Hoboken.

nyctaper recorded the set with the Neumann microphones and a soundboard feed, while I used a combination of DPA and Schoeps mics set up from the same position. We are offering both of these outstanding recordings for download here. As you would expect, the audience recording is warmer and provides more feel of the room, while the Neumann/soundboard recording provides exceptional clarity and detail.  Samples of both are included.  All tracks are tagged for easy importing into iTunes.  Enjoy!

Stream the nyctaper version of “Deeper Into Movies”:

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Stream the acidjack version of “Eight Days A Week”:

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Direct download of the nyctaper MP3 files [HERE]

Direct download of the acidjack MP3 files [HERE]

Download the Complete show in FLAC [nyctaper version] / [acidjack version]

Yo La Tengo
2010-12-08
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ  USA

Recorded and Produced exclusively for nyctaper.com by
nyctaper and acidjack
2010-12-27

NYCTaper Version

Digital Master Recording
Four Channel Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Setlist:
[Total Time 1:52:05]
01 Night Falls On Hoboken
02  Eight Days A Week [Beatles]
03  [banter]
04  Madeleine
05  Mr. Tough
06  Gentle Hour [Snapper]
07  Tired Hippo
08  Demons
09  [banter2]
10  Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog [Norma Tanega]
11  Whatever I Do It’s Right [The Clean]
12  [banter3]
13  Sweet Dreams [Mad Scene]
14  Sudden Organ
15  Deeper Into Movies
16  Nothing To Hide
17  Blue Line Swinger
18  Our Way To Fall
19  [encore break]
20  I Can’t Stand It Anymore [Velvet Underground]
21 [banter4]
22  We Belong Together [Randy Newman]
23  Love Power [Mel Brooks]

acidjack version

Equipment: DPA 4021+Schoeps CMC6/mk41>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: LOC, at soundboard, mics at 7.5′, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, smooth peaks and claps, light EQ, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Night Falls On Hoboken
02 Eight Days A Week [The Beatles]
03 banter
04 Madeleine
05 Mr. Tough
06 banter
07 Gentle Hour [Snapper]
08 Tired Hippo
09 Demons
10 banter
11 Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog [Norma Tanega]
12 Whatever I Do It’s Right [The Clean]
13 Sweet Dreams [The Mad Scene]
14 Sudden Organ
15 Deeper Into Movies
16 Nothing To Hide
17 Blue Line Swinger
18 Our Way To Fall
19 encore break
20 I Can’t Stand It Anymore [Velvet Underground] (with Bruce Bennett on guitar)
21 banter
22 We Belong Together [Randy Newman]
23 Love Power [Mel Brooks] (with Gil Divine on guitar)

If you download these recordings from NYCTaper, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Yo La Tengo, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase their official releases from the store at their website [HERE].

The National at Maxwell’s Revisited – Flac and MP3 Downloads (Two Sources) + Streaming Songs

December 21, 2010
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[photo by mysticchildz]

We believe we over-extended ourselves on the recording of The National at Maxwell’s that appeared on the site last week [here]. Acidjack and I both recorded four tracks at the show, and we combined the eight tracks for that recording. The sound has been equally described as “amazing” and as “compressed”, but ultimately to me it sounds “too busy”. So we’ve decided to simplify the recording, split our sources and offer two separate recordings of the set.

There is a complete review of this show at the original post [here].

What appears below for download are these two recordings, nyctaper: Neumann microphones mixed with a soundboard feed, and acidjack: DPA and Schoeps microphones, four channel audience mix.

Stream “Apartment Story” (nyctaper source):

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These Recordings are now both available to Download in FLAC and MP3 and to Stream at Archive.org
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acidjack version [HERE]

The National
2010-12-08
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

Digital Master Recording
Four Channel Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundar ies) > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper 2010-12-21

Setlist:
[Total Time 57:03]
01 [introduction]
02 Start a War
03 Slow Show
04 Bloodbuzz Ohio
05 [banter1]
06 Conversation 16
07 [banter2]
08 Apartment Story
09 [banter3]
10 Abel
11 Green Gloves
12 Fake Empire
13 Mr. November
14 Afraid of Everyone
15 [banter4]
16 Terrible Love

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The National
2010-12-08
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack

Equipment: DPA 4021+Schoeps CMC6/mk41>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: LOC, at soundboard, mics at 7.5′, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, smooth peaks and claps, light EQ, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [introduction]
02 Start a War
03 Slow Show
04 Bloodbuzz Ohio
05 [banter]
06 Conversation 16
07 [banter]
08 Apartment Story
09 [banter]
10 Abel
11 Green Gloves
12 Fake Empire
13 Mr. November
14 Afraid of Everyone
15 [banter]
16 Terrible Love

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Yo La Tengo: December 6, 2010 Maxwell’s – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 12, 2010
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[photo from Ira’s Hanukkah Diary]

Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah shows are an embarrassment of riches, as everyone knows. There are the extended set times; the cozy atmosphere of Hoboken’s inimitable Maxwell’s; the kinship among a group of the band’s most hardcore fans; the special guests; the comedians. But amidst all of that, what still drives the fanaticism around these show is, ultimately, a band that can shapeshift like few others. Especially at these shows, when you go to see Yo La Tengo, you never know what you’re going to get. On Wednesday the 1st, we saw the lighter side of the band, joking and playing Elvis covers; on Sunday the 5th, we saw the noisy, aggressive rock band that followed a set by Mission of Burma. On this night, we got the musically erudite record geeks, the band whose influences are far-ranging and frequently obscure, offering up a host of amazing covers. We got Bob Dylan’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “Shut Up” by obscure 60s garage-rock band The Monks, The Beach Boys’ “Little Honda” (which they have, over time, effectively made their own), “This Ain’t the Summer of Love” by Blue Oyster Cult, a (this time) successful version of Paul Simon’s “Red Rubber Ball”, one of my personal favorite YLT covers, “You Can Have It All” and many more. And for guests, we were equally rewarded: Wilco’s Mikael Jorgenson joined for several numbers on keyboards, Antietam guitarist Tara Key on several others, and, for the encore, the legendary Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby, doing some of their own songs and more covers. The set closed with a stage full of the night’s musicians (plus comedian Eugene Mirman on theremin) covering The Fugs‘ nihilistic “Nothing.” It made for an ironic ending to a night that was all about affirmation and recognition: affirmation of the sheer joy and variety of music, and recognition of the rich diversity of artists that brought Yo La Tengo to this point.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps microphones and a stereo soundboard feed by the Maxwell’s staff. As with the 12/5 show, unfortunately we were not able to mix in an additional source from nyctaper’s Neumann mics, which is too bad. Nonetheless, the results are outstanding, as all of these shows have been. Enjoy!

Stream “I Wanna Be Your Lover”:

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Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Yo La Tengo
2010-12-06
Maxwell’s
Hoboken, NJ  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: Schoeps CMC6/mk41+SBD>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: LOC, clamp to soundboard booth, mics at about 7.5ft, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance, downsample to 16/44.1)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks [Total Time 1:45:12]
01 My Heart’s Reflection
02 Barnaby, Hardly Working [with Tara Key on guitar]
03 Styles of the Times [with TK]
04 Stockholm Syndrome [with TK]
05 Tears Are In Your Eyes [with Mikael Jorgenson of Wilco on keyboards]
06 She May Call You Up Tonight [The Left Banke] [with MJ]
07 banter
08 Shut Up [The Monks] [with MJ]
09 Avalon or Someone Very Similar [with MJ]
10 [banter]
11 If It’s True [with MJ]
12 You Can Have It All [George McCrea] [with MJ]
13 I Wanna Be Your Lover [Bob Dylan] [with MJ]
14 Upside Down [with MJ]
15 This Ain’t the Summer of Love [Blue Oyster Cult] [with MJ]
16 Little Honda [Beach Boys] with MJ and audience members]
17 More Stars Than There Are In Heaven (boogie version) [with MJ]
18 encore break
19 Red Rubber Ball [Paul Simon]
20 [banter]
21 Do You Remember That? [Amy Rigby] [with Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric]
22 I Get Out of Breath [The Turtles] [with AR and WE]
23 [banter]
24 Whole Wide World [with AR and WE]
25 [banter]
26 Nothing [The Fugs] [with TK, MJ, AR, Gil Divine, Mofungo]

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Dinowalrus: November 16, 2010 Knitting Factory – FLAC and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

December 5, 2010
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[Photos by Johnny Leather]

The Brooklyn band Dinowalrus has executed a bit of a reboot lately, changing both their personnel and their approach. The former Titus Andronicus guitarist Pete Feigenbaum, the band’s frontman and guitarist, has added a new player on bass, Liam Andrew, as well as Depreciation Guild drummer Anton Hoccheim, and has sought to clarify some of the ideas explored on the band’s debut LP, %. One of the band’s goals, as they put it, is to be “structurally unorthodox,” but at times that led to performances that lacked focus – it could seem that one song was a jumble of concepts rather than a unified whole. This show at the Knitting Factory showcased both reworked arrangements of their older material as well as new songs that continue the band’s love affair with Krautrock, acid rock, noise, thrash punk and psychedelia, but have much more musical consistency and pop sensibility. Listen to “RICO” below and see if you agree. The band’s new approach has already received positive notice in several publications, and we expect that trend to continue in 2011. We still have no idea what the hell a “Dinowalrus” is, but now we can say that this musical creature is a strange beast with a purpose.

I recorded this set with the DPA microphones at the soundboard. They captured the excellent house mix by Rob of the Knitting Factory perfectly. Enjoy!

Stream “RICO”:

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Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Dinowalrus
2010-11-16
Knitting Factory
Brooklyn, NY  USA

An acidjack master recording
Recorded and produced by acidjack for nyctaper.com

Equipment: DPA 4021>Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod] (24/48)
Position: At soundboard, ROC, 7.5″, pointed at stacks
Mastering: 24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (tracking, set fades, downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

Tracks
01 Phone Home From the Edge
02 The Gift Shop
03 What Now
04 Electric Car Gas Guitar
05 [new]
06 [banter]
07 RICO

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